How Do You Get To Socotra Island in Yemen? You Kinda Can’t.

October 7, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Ever want to go somewhere where no one else goes? Where you can be one with the earth and the ocean’s tides and not have a care in the world?

Well, you  might want to try Socotra Island in Yemen. That is, if you can get to it.

And do it before everyone else who saw the island featured on the Today Show this morning gets there.

The Today Show kicked off a new segment entitled  “Today’s Journey to Secret Kingdoms: Hidden Places Time Forgot”, where they travel to undiscovered places around the globe, and Socotra Island was first to be featured.

According to MSNBC, Socotra is 250 miles south of the Arabian Peninsula, technically part of Yemen, but 30 million years of isolation have made the island unique.

The relaxed pace of life is completely dominated by nature, so many of the people on the island use their own calendar with 24 months, with each month marking a small seasonal change. There is a month for when it rains, a month for when the wind blows and even a month for when crabs cover the beaches. Socotra has more than 800 endemic species of plants and animals. Only Hawaii and the Galapagos have more.

Sounds great, right? But, how the heck do you even get there?

According to Wiki Travel,  the only viable option to get on the island is flying in from Yemen.

Sounds great, right?

Would be if Yemen wasn’t currently a portion of the world YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GO TO!

Travel to Yemen at this time is not recommended because of the very high threat of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, tribal violence and general lawlessness. Terrorist groups actively target tourist groups, with targeted suicide bombings and armed ambushes occurring yearly since 2007. Via Wiki Travel

Good job, The Today Show!

I’m going to stick with the Jersey Shore thank you very much.


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  1. Hahaha.. Love the post!! Yemen… how weird!

  2. What i don´t know is how Yemen get this Island, it should be somali island where yemen is thousands of miles away from the island where is somalia is only 40km close to the Island…. how weird


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